Thanks in large part to Amazon‘s global reach, the world is getting more connected and seemingly smaller with Souq, an online retail and marketplace website in Saudi Arabia, which announced the launch of the Amazon Global Store.
In a press release, Souq said the store offers customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) the ability to shop from more than 1 million products on Amazon in the U.S. Customers will be able to shop a wide selection of products, including apparel, handbags, shoes, watches, home goods and other popular brands. The dedicated Amazon Global Store will be available both on the Souq website and via the mobile app.
“We are excited about making over 1 million popular products from Amazon available on Souq.com to customers. This brings global selection closer to our customers in the region, and we will continue to grow this further,” said Saleem Hammad, general manager of KSA at Souq, in the press release. “We share the same vision as Amazon and focus on providing our customers with best-in-class selection, great prices and a convenient shopping experience.”
With the Amazon Global Store, customers will be able to shop in Arabic or English and pay in SAR using a local credit card or cash on delivery. The prices will be in SAR and will include import fee deposits, which means they won’t be hit with unexpected fees later. The company is offering two to five business-day delivery and standard six to 10 business days. Customers will also be able to talk with Souq’s customer service team in English or Arabic.
Samir Kumar, Amazon’s vice president of international retail, said in the same press release, “When we acquired Souq.com, our goal was to provide the best possible service for millions of customers in the Middle East by supporting them with Amazon technology and global resources. Amazon Global Store is the first step of many in doing so, and represents Amazon’s confidence in the region and that our continued investment will provide customers with more of what they want — the largest selection combined with a reliable shopping experience that includes unique products and international brands from the U.S. and beyond.”